Baku TV Tower, the tallest reinforced concrete building in the Caucasus, looks out over the city’s distinctive Flame Towers (left), and provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Azerbaijan

Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Situated at the southern extent of the Caucasus, a mountain range that broadly marks the transition between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan boasts a vibrant culture that has been...
Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback speaks at a reception honoring the recipients of the inaugural International Religious Freedom Awards. The recipients and Secretary Mike Pompeo stand by as he speaks. State Department photo

Higher Calling

By Daniel Merrill Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback welcomes Secretary Mike Pompeo to the stage at the beginning of the Ministerial’s opening session. State Department photo Standing resolute on Secretary Mike Pompeo’s...
Center: Consul General Robert Silberstein stands with six enthusiastic 2019 interns and (third from left) Human Resources Supervisor Tehmina Maqbool. Photo by Narendar Kumar

Interns promote opportunity at ConGen Karachi

By Brian Kressin The U.S. Consulate in Karachi’s internship program, which just finished its second year, was a first for Mission Pakistan. Once the consulate received approval in the spring of 2018, they reached out...
Retirements

Retirements | October 2019

Civil Service Baum, Ling-Ling ChengBayer, Paul J.Birdsall, Adriana P.Brown, Catherine W.Casteuble, Philippe C.Chisley, Denise L.Clancy, William E.Costen-Sykes, Rhobyn K.Dacruz, Graca A.Egan, Julie M.Engelstad, Paul F.Francis, Cheryl A.Gallagher, Robert H.Goodwin, RosemarieGraham, Lauretta E.Gross, Michael A.Heintzelman IV,...

Pilot series delivers information to employees

The Bureau of Human Resources (HR) is piloting a new informal talk show style webinar series, Let’s Talk Talent. With a host and guest panelists engaging in conversation, the series seeks to dispel common...
Appointments

Appointments | October 2019

Richard K. Bell - U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Richard K. Bell (SFS) of Pennsylvania is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Bell previously served as the charge...

Safe Passage

By David B. Rochford Lying unconscious in the brush, the elephant’s massive rib cage rose and fell with each labored breath. With gleaming tusks the size of a human arm, his once alert eyes now...
Adjunct faculty attend the Regional Training Workshop at the Foreign Service Institute, May 2019. Photo by Didem Lenz

Creating Opportunity

By Kerry E. Molinelli From Right: AF Director of Training Joyce Marshall and the Africa program adjunct faculty collaborate about course content, June 2019. Photo by Didem Lenz To meet the growing demand for training opportunities...
Through the Feds Feed Families program, staff at the El Paso Passport Agency collected nearly 250 pounds of food, which was donated to El Paso Fights Hunger who cooked meals for victims and their families in the days following the attack in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Anna Sanchez-Perea

El Paso Passport Agency supports community

By Joshua Smith In the wake of tragedy, the strength of a community rises. After the Aug. 3 domestic terror attack at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, many residents felt a collective need to spring...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Pablo Paganini. Paganini smiles on the right.